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Ivan Cheparinov
I Cheparinov 
Number of games in database: 2,260
Years covered: 1994 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2686 (2638 rapid, 2665 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2713

Overall record: +802 -268 =754 (64.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 436 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (191) 
    B90 B48 B33 B32 B42
 Slav (85) 
    D12 D15 D11 D17 D10
 Ruy Lopez (85) 
    C78 C84 C95 C92 C67
 King's Indian (74) 
    E92 E94 E60 E71 E97
 Queen's Pawn Game (67) 
    E10 D02 E00 A41 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (59) 
    D37 D38 D30 D35 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (322) 
    B51 B90 B50 B22 B84
 King's Indian (91) 
    E92 E63 E81 E97 E60
 Sicilian Najdorf (86) 
    B90 B92 B94 B96 B91
 Grunfeld (78) 
    D85 D78 D80 D76 D90
 Ruy Lopez (75) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C93
 Queen's Pawn Game (61) 
    A45 E10 D02 A46 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Ivanov vs I Cheparinov, 2004 0-1
   Wang Yue vs I Cheparinov, 2007 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Sutovsky, 2013 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Ivanchuk, 2005 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs L Lang, 1995 1-0
   N Ninov vs I Cheparinov, 2005 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs E Alekseev, 2008 1-0
   Pichot vs I Cheparinov, 2018 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Z Almasi, 2006 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs Pelletier, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bulgarian Championship (2004)
   Bulgarian Championship (2005)
   XI Anibal Open (2005)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2020)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2021)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   European Championship (2017)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Lindores Abbey Tal Mem (2021)
   European Championship (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   European Championship (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Cheparinov! by Miguel Medina
   Cheparinov! by larrewl
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   Corus Group B 2005 by Tabanus

   🏆 Bundesliga
   Vitiugov vs I Cheparinov (Oct-22-22) 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs M Lagarde (Apr-06-22) 1-0
   I Cheparinov vs V Durarbayli (Apr-05-22) 1/2-1/2
   J B Bjerre vs I Cheparinov (Apr-04-22) 0-1
   I Cheparinov vs Jobava (Apr-03-22) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-26-1986, 36 years old) Bulgaria

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Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. Ivan Cheparinov was born in Asenovgrad in 1986. He learned to play chess at age five, and progressed quickly enough to win the junior championship of Bulgaria in 2000. He then took the overall Bulgarian championship in 2004, the same year he became a grandmaster. He went on to win the Bulgarian championship in 2005, 2012 and 2018.

Since then, Cheparinov has put together some notable tournament successes, including joint second at Pamplona 2005 and clear first at the 2006 Essent Open. He took part in the World Cup (2005), eliminating Alexei Fedorov and Vassily Ivanchuk before losing his third-round match with Magnus Carlsen in quick-play tie-break. He advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2007 World Cup, winning against Wang Yue and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, among others, before again being knocked out by Carlsen. Nonetheless, his accomplishments raised his rating enough to qualify him as a participant in the inaugural FIDE Grand Prix series. In 2012, he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Albena Open (2012) held in Bulgaria, with a score of 7/9 and clear 1st in the Varna Open with 6.5/9. In March 2013, he scored 6.5/9 at the Karpos Open, a half point from the lead. In August 2013, he scored 8/10 to place =2nd at the Politiken Cup (2013). In February 2014, he won the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) in a blitz tiebreaker ahead of co-leaders Vassily Ivanchuk and Nikita Vitiugov.

Cheparinov qualified via his result at the European Individual Championship (2014) (=9th with 7.5/11) for the World Cup (2015), where he was knocked out of the contest upon a first round loss to former World Junior Champion Alexander Ipatov.

Cheparinov, the Bulgarian number 2, is also well-known for his role as a second to former FIDE World Champion and Bulgarian number 1 Veselin Topalov. He is credited with finding several of the opening novelties unleashed by his countryman during the 2000s, for example the move 12. Nxf7 in Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008.

Wikipedia article: Ivan Cheparinov

Last updated: 2021-02-01 18:13:18

 page 1 of 91; games 1-25 of 2,264  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Cvitanic vs I Cheparinov  ½-½421994EU-ch U10C57 Two Knights
2. R Gashimov vs I Cheparinov  1-0311994EU-ch U10C17 French, Winawer, Advance
3. I Cheparinov vs A Raducanu  0-1431994EU-ch U10E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. A Olhovik vs I Cheparinov  ½-½401994EU-ch U10A59 Benko Gambit
5. F Berkes vs I Cheparinov  1-0351994EU-ch U10C20 King's Pawn Game
6. I Cheparinov vs S Gaston  0-1331994EU-ch U10E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. I Cheparinov vs A Bekker-Jensen  ½-½271994EU-ch U10E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
8. I Cheparinov vs D Petrosian  ½-½431994EU-ch U10E76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. I Cheparinov vs E Lavendelis  0-1401994EU-ch U10D85 Grunfeld
10. I Cheparinov vs L Lang 1-0121995EU-ch U10D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. A Riazantsev vs I Cheparinov  1-0221995EU-ch U10E81 King's Indian, Samisch
12. K Shanava vs I Cheparinov 1-0381995EU-ch U10C55 Two Knights Defense
13. Navara vs I Cheparinov  0-1291995EU-ch U10C71 Ruy Lopez
14. G Antal vs I Cheparinov  1-0311995EU-ch U10C29 Vienna Gambit
15. I Cheparinov vs G Guseinov  1-0341995EU-ch U10D02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Cheparinov vs Naiditsch  1-0371995EU-ch U10E77 King's Indian
17. Radjabov vs I Cheparinov 1-0371996Wch U10A04 Reti Opening
18. A Moreno Trujillo vs I Cheparinov  0-1651997Wch U12E60 King's Indian Defense
19. I Cheparinov vs V Jeremic  ½-½761997Wch U12B03 Alekhine's Defense
20. I Cheparinov vs B Galstian  1-0351997Wch U12D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. I Cheparinov vs V Gashimov  0-1511997Wch U12B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. I Cheparinov vs M Vasilev  ½-½481997BUL-chA57 Benko Gambit
23. A Filippov vs I Cheparinov  ½-½781997Wch U12C57 Two Knights
24. D Mieles Palau vs I Cheparinov  0-1451997Wch U12C57 Two Knights
25. J Wegerle vs I Cheparinov  ½-½661997Wch U12C55 Two Knights Defense
 page 1 of 91; games 1-25 of 2,264  PGN Download
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Sep-19-12  theodor: derzai, brato!
Sep-19-12  theodor: <bharatiy: All the Chepa fans shuld have a look at this>>... dear friend, dont you think ther's a reason for Chepa's behaviour? Dont put your post out of context! That's not fair!
Sep-25-12  Rata999: 2709,8 after the Bulgarian team chess championship 6th title this year!Deserved congrats GM Cheparinov!
Aug-01-13  SimonWebbsTiger: Ivan is on fire. He won Politiken Cup 2012 and is on course to win again this year. 6/6. Round 7 underway now.
Oct-06-13  ChessVip: Richard Rapport from Hungary, Julio Granda from Peru,Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria,Lázaro Bruzón from Cuba and Iván Salgado from Spain are playing Entre Faros International Chess Tournament
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to 27 year old Bulgarian GM Ivan Cheparinov!
Feb-06-14  ketchuplover: Kudos on ROCKing Gibraltar!
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  Penguincw: I know this is kinda late, but congratulations to Ivan Cheparinov for winning the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) tournament, where he edged out Vassily Ivanchuk and Nikita Vitiugov on tiebreaks. He did not face either of those players, but it would've been interesting if he did. He also edged out 7 players by half a point, and 16 more by a full point.

Cheparinov scored +6 (+6,-0,=4) in the tournament, which got him 6 rating points, bumping his rating from 2672 to 2678. He now moves within 22 points of the "2700 club", somewhere he hasn't been since May of 2013, when he hit exactly 2700.

Jun-09-14  waustad: With his 9th round win over Vladimir Akopian he's some winner of the Albena Grand Europe cup.
Nov-26-14  Mr. V: Cheparinov reminds me of Efim Geller in his agressive play and his role as a creative opening theorist.
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  MissScarlett: <his role as a creative opening theorist.>

May we have some examples?

Nov-27-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<MissScarlet>

One novelty comes to mind: his Nxf7 in the anti-Moscow Gambit in this famous game Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008

Aug-15-15  wordfunph: Ivan Cheparinov (2690) - Wesley So (2779)

1-0 in 55 moves.


Aug-15-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: He taught a player 89 elo points higher than his a chess lesson. What a nice drubbing.
Aug-15-15  shintaro go: ahahahahaha talo sa isang 2400 player si Chuparinov ahahahahaha
Sep-28-15  The Kings Domain: Rude. Wonder what his issue was with Short.
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  whiteshark: shows <European Chess Union> as his federation for European Individual Chess Championship (2017)


May-31-17  Strelets: <whiteshark> Bulgaria got suspended from the ECU.
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  whiteshark: Thanks for the info, <Strelets>.

"At the General Assembly held on 10th September in Baku, Azerbaijan, the European Chess Union voted with overwhelming majority to suspend the membership of the Bulgarian Chess Federation. ...

The GA confirmed that <Bulgarian chess players can still enter the official tournaments by individual registrations.> ... "


Jul-22-18  sonia91: Cheparinov is Georgia's new top player!

Jul-25-18  blade2012: Why Georgia?
Jan-24-20  ketchuplover: Does he still avoid the pregame handshake?
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  Penguincw: Congrats to 11th seed Cheparinov for having been the last still perfect player (4/4) at Gibraltar Masters (2020).

In Round 5, he'll face Topalov with black.

He used to second for Topalov, so hey, he might know a trick or two, to win.

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  Penguincw: And no, he ended up drawing Topalov (Topalov vs I Cheparinov, 2020) and finished with 6.5/10.
Oct-24-20  blade2012: Ivan switched federation from Bulgaria to Georgia and back
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